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tawa in sitelen pona
tawa in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈta.wa/ (listen)
Usage 2023: Core (100%  )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word, preposition
Codepoint 󱥩 U+F1969

tawa is a core content word and preposition relating to motion, direction, purpose, and perspective.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word tawa is derived from English towards.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of tawa includes motion and movement, going towards something, the perspective of an action, and its destination.

Preposition[edit | edit source]

As a preposition, tawa shows destination, direction, and perspective.[2]

jan [jelo e sijelo uta] li lukin pana e sona tawa ona
jan Jesu li lukin pana e sona tawa ona.[3]

Jesus sought to teach them (literally, "to give knowledge to them").

nasin ona li pona tawa mi 
nasin ona li pona tawa mi.[4]

I like their way of doing things (literally, "their way of doing things is good to me").

Like all other prepositions, it can be used with an object as a predicate.

akesi li tawa ma ante 
akesi li tawa ma ante.[5]

The lizard went to another place.

Content word[edit | edit source]

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As a content word, tawa describes motion or movement.

palisa uta li tawa wawa 
palisa uta li tawa wawa.[6]

The tongue moves quickly.

kon li tawa e lipu kasi lili 
kon li tawa e lipu kasi lili.[7]

The wind moves the little leaves.

ilo tawa li tawa ma ante 
ilo tawa li tawa ma ante.[8]

The vehicle (literally, "tool for motion") went to another place.

Preverb[edit | edit source]

Caution: This subject is nonstandard and may not be understood by most speakers.

mi tawa moku e kala 
mi tawa moku e kala.[9]

I'll go eat seafood.

pu[edit | edit source]

In the "Official Toki Pona Dictionary" section, the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good defines tawa as:

PREPOSITION  going to, toward; for; from the perspective of

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as tawa:

move5, go5, toward5, motion5, movement5, towards5, to5, for5, transit4, travel4, transportation3, trip3, walk3, advance3, onto3, transport3, pass3, walking3, migration3, departure3, from the perspective of3, push3, march2, slide2, proceed2, forth2, drift2, according to2, mobile2, until2, transfer2, cross2, till2, approach2, forward2, momentum2, attend2, progress2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for tawa represents two legs moving towards the right, following the direction of the text. It is derived from the leg radical, also used in the glyphs for awen and kama.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. Lang, Sonja (2014). Toki Pona: The Language of Good. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292300. OCLC 921253340. p. 34.
  3. jan Telakoman. (29 November 2023). "lipu pi jan Luka". lipu pi jan Telakoman. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  4. jan inwin. "mijomi telo". Google Drive. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  5. jan Kita. (29 November 2022). "akesi li wile lon nena". utala.pona.la. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  6. jan Sonja. (29 November 2022). "akesi pi ante kule". lipu kule. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  7. jan Juli. (29 November 2022). "lawa monsuta". lipu kule. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  8. jan Kepe. (29 November 2023). "Nasi". utala.pona.la. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  9. Lang, Sonja (2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 9.